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Women fined for managing illegal guesthouses

     Two women were fined $8,000 each at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (December 10) for contravening the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance.

     The courts heard that officers of the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA), Home Affairs Department, inspected two suspected unlicensed guesthouses on Kimberley Road and Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui in May this year. OLA officers posed as lodgers and successfully rented rooms in these guesthouses on a daily basis.

     According to the OLA's records, these guesthouses did not possess a licence under the Ordinance on the days of inspection. Therefore, the women responsible for managing the premises respectively were charged with contravening section 5(1) of the Ordinance.

     A department spokesman stressed that operating or managing an unlicensed guesthouse is a criminal offence and will lead to a criminal record. Upon conviction, the offender is liable to a maximum fine of $200,000 and two years' imprisonment.

     He appealed to the public to report suspected illegal guesthouses to the OLA through the OLA hotline (2881 7498), by email ( or by fax (fax number: 2504 5805) using the report form downloaded from the website (

Ends/Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Issued at HKT 17:02


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